The lights in the arena glow with hues of pink and blue as we hear the crowd begin to stir with excitement. The lights and music mark the debut of one of the brightest young upstarts in wrestling today. The crowd in the arena sing along with the lyrics “WE DON’T EVEN HAVE TO TRY IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME!”. Skye Healy hops out from behind the curtain with excitement in her eyes and a gigantic pearly white smile on her face.
“Making her way to the ring, from Vancouver, British Columbia, she is “The Aww-est Wrestler Alive”... “Luchadorable” SKYE HEALY!!!”
Like a manic ball of energy she hops and gestures to the crowd she’s finally made it. She points to the patch on her vest that says “I am Limitless” and gestures to the camera. She makes her way down the ramp, high-fiving anyone and everyone who’d reach their arms out. Laughing and smiling she does not one, but two laps around the ring giving high fives to everyone at ringside. Before stepping onto the apron, Skye gave a young girl a hug and giving her a t-shirt. Skye posed in the ring blowing a couple kisses to the fans before finally waiting in the corner for her opponent.
: Folks, if this is your first time seeing Skye Healy, you are in for a treat. This rookie boasts plenty of wins over some well known figures in wrestling and as part of her excursion away from training, she’s come to XWA to take part in the Lord of the Ring tournament.
The lights in the arena completely black out once again. In the middle of the entrance ramp sits “The Phoenix”. As his theme builds and reaches it’s final climax, Phoenix begins his slow intense walk down the ramp to the ring.
“Making his way to the ring, from “The Phoenix’s Roost” and weighing 230 lbs, THE PHOENIX!!!!”
Skye is a little unnerved by the dramatic intensity but looks just as focused as her opponent. Phoenix bows to the ring before wiping his feet and entering. He questioningly looked over at his opponent, as if to say “Really? Her?”.
: This is “The Phoenix” and Mark, I gotta admit, I’m just as clueless as you are about this guy. He won’t say anything to backstage, to officials. He’s reserved, quiet, but you can feel that intensity.
He returned to his kneeling, seiza position in the corner awaiting the bell.
: I'm telling ya, the energy in that ring right now….. It couldn’t be anymore opposite.
: For some reason, I’m agreeing with you. You have the always bubbly, always expressive, always annoying Skye Healy in one corner. Then you have the quiet, refined, intensity that The Phoenix brings. One has to wonder what’s bound to happen when these two collide. Which by the way, might I add, it’s Healy’s debut for XWA. Way to get thrown to the wolves kid.
: I wouldn’t doubt the rookie just yet. Skye’s been on some pretty big stages before, but none have been quite the calibre that is the Lord of the Ring tournament. And Phoenix? Well who knows where he’s been.
XWA Lord of the Ring Opening Round
Skye Healy vs The Phoenix
The bell sounds as Phoenix slowly rises to his feet. Skye puffs out her chest to make her look bigger to match her opponent. The two meet in the middle of the ring, locking eyes in the center of the ring. Phoenix’s cold, menacing stare makes Skye back off for a second. However she quickly responds by opening her arms as wide as possible and walking toward Phoenix for a hug. Phoenix instead sends the rookie face first into the mat with a drop toe hold. Phoenix quickly floats over into a headlock on the prone Skye Healy. She rolls over onto her back, bringing Phoenix with her. Healy breaks the headlock and the two return to a standing position quickly after.
Healy begins a “Phoenix! Phoenix!” chant before locking up with her opponent. Phoenix pushes his much smaller opponent into the ropes. Referee calls for the break and Phoenix obliges. He feints a chop to Healy’s chest and backs off. It’s becoming obvious by his lackadaisical demeanor and body language that Phoenix doesn’t take Skye seriously at all. Skye stomps over puffing out her chest. Phoenix takes a wild swing, but Skye ducks. Irish whip by Skye gets reversed by Phoenix. Healy responds to a back body drop attempt with a school girl roll up! 1! Kick out by Phoenix. Phoenix is back to his feet as he swings again at Healy but she takes him down with reverse waistlock takedown. Trying to recover, Phoenix quickly bullies Skye down, but gets a couple back elbows to the gut for his troubles. Skye Healy with the headlock as Phoenix pushes her off into the corner, Skye floats over as Phoenix begins his pursuit. Skye off the ropes. Phoenix drop down but Skye jumps over. Off the ropes again as she slides under a big boot from Phoenix. Arm drag from Healy, arm drag from Phoenix, and they both attempt a dropkick and reach a stalemate in the middle of the ring.
: The action is already hot and heavy with these two!
: Hate to admit when I’m right, but… well no I don’t. I told you these two would make a great opening round match.
Phoenix rolls to the outside, trying to regain his composure as Skye poses by herself in the middle of the ring. The Luchadorable One awaited her opponent to get to step back into the ring. The two collar and elbow tie up once more as this time it’s Skye who drags Phoenix over. Phoenix to his feet as he charged back at his opponent and connects with a right forearm. Skye responds with a flying forearm of her own but Phoenix ducked down and grabbed her in a rear waistlock. Phoenix tried to transition into a dragon suplex, but Skye countered with a victory roll. 1! 2! Kickout by Phoenix.
Phoenix delivered a jab to Healy’s ribs and then grabbed her head and took her over. Skye now has to fight from under her opponent as Phoenix dictates the pace and tries to slow her down.
: Nothing fancy here, just Phoenix using that power to try and keep Healy down.
: I gotta say that I’m pleasantly surprised with the way this match has been so far. I think that what these two have given so far, I worry for whoever they face in the next round.
Phoenix has now transitioned his hold on Skye into a sleeper hold that she is fighting out of. A few elbows by Skye frees her up before she tosses Phoenix onto his butt with a judo style throw. Healy cartwheels as a transition and into a basement meteora. Phoenix is to his feet and blocks a swing by Skye, and responds with a knife edge chop that echoes around the arena. Skye doubles over, catching her breath, before responding with her own stiff overhead chop to the chest that cracks like lightning around the arena.
: GOOD LORD! DID YOU HEAR THAT?!
Phoenix doubles over this time, but fuels himself with fighting spirit and blasts off some stiff looking forearm shots that back Skye into the ropes. Phoenix whips Skye off, but only gets a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Phoenix rolls to the outside. Skye pops to her feet, bounces off the ropes and connects with a big tope! Skye rolls Phoenix back in and attempts to get in herself when she’s cut off with a stomp to the back of the head.
: Ooof, that stomp looked absolutely rough! Sends poor Skye’s face into the mat, easy way to lose a tooth, break a nose, or knock out your opponent.
: Guarantee that Phoenix was looking to do all three tonight.
He drags Skye to her feet and drops her on the back of her head with a dragon suplex. Cover by Phoenix!
Kickout by Skye
Phoenix maintains wrist control and looks to end it right here and now as he picks Skye up for a suplex, but Skye blocks it once, twice, before landing a few jabs to the ribs. Skye with a big boot that sends Phoenix bouncing off the ropes, Phoenix responds with a kick to the chest of Skye. Another flurry of knee strikes and elbows finally weakens Skye as Phoenix quickly and easily takes Skye up and straight down with a brainbuster!
Kickout by Skye!
Skye dazedly gets to her feet as Phoenix gets ready to hit another big move. He tucks Skye into the piledriver position, but Skye escapes and hits a flurry of chops and punches! Skye goes for a discus elbow, but Phoenix catches her again and attempts his double underhook facebuster finishing maneuver, but Skye Healy again breaks out and connects with a school boy roundhouse kick, dazing Phoenix. Skye isn’t finished as she bounces off the ropes, but gets caught with an out of nowhere Killing Strike Superkick from Phoenix.
: And just like that it could be over for this rookie!
SKYE KICKS OUT!!!
: You’re kidding me?! The heart and determination of Skye Healy won’t let her quit this match like that! She just took his best shot right under the chin and it almost got her! Phoenix was only a few milliseconds away from advancing in this tournament, but Skye Healy is not calling it a day now.
: Phoenix looks distraught not even he can believe it!
Phoenix’s eyes nearly popped out of his head as his jaw hung open in disbelief! Phoenix berated the ref claiming that they had counted slow. His eyes locked again on the barely conscious body of Skye Healy. His brow furrowed, his eyes looked to be filled with fire as he readies himself to superkick Skye’s lights out for good. Skye slowly rises to her feet. Phoenix charges, but Skye catches the kick and takes Phoenix overhead with an exploder suplex into the corner. Skye wills herself on with claps from the fans as now it’s Phoenix’s turn to get to his feet in the corner. Skye charges it up and connects with the big boot across the masked face of Phoenix. He crumbles to the mat as Skye climbs to the top rope. She takes off into the sky with a picturesque split legged frog splash! Skye bounces off her opponent after driving the air out of him! She scrambles for the cover!
Winner and advancing in the XWA Lord of the Ring tournament: Skye Healy!!!!
Skye, rising to her feet holding her stomach, raises her hand in victory. She slumps into the corner, trying to regain her breath. Phoenix slowly begins to stir as well coming to realize the scope of what’s occured. He kneels in front of Skye in a gesture of respect. She responds by getting emotional and almost breaking down into happy tears. The two bow towards each other as Phoenix leaves Skye to bask in the adulation of the crowd.
: An intense bout between these two. Phoenix laid in his powerful and moves when he could, but ultimately, he couldn't match the speed and never say die attitude that Healy possesses. What a debut for this young rookie and if tonight is any meter for the competition, her next round opponent had better watch out.